Report: Carson Wentz won’t participate in 11-on-11 drills at start of camp
Carson Wentz may be eager to reclaim his role as starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, but that does not mean the team will cease exercising caution with the signal-caller.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on “NFL Live” Tuesday that Wentz will not participate in 11-on-11 drills at the start of training camp. Wentz evidently won’t take part in such drills until Eagles head coach Doug Pederson “feels comfortable.”
Wentz is expected to participate in 7-on-7 drills as well as individual drills at the onset of camp, which opens on Wednesday, July 25. The Eagles are scheduled to hold the team’s first practice on Thursday.
Wentz took part in 7-on-7 and individual drills at OTAs and minicamps and the plan for camp looks to be the same as how the Eagles handled the offseason program. Wentz originally suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a Dec. 10 game against the Los Angeles Rams, ending his MVP-caliber season. The Eagles have not indicated exactly when Wentz is expected to ramp up his activity.
Wentz has consistently stated it’s his goal to start in Week 1 when the Eagles open their season on Sept. 6 against the Atlanta Falcons. Pederson noted in June that Wentz appears “very hungry” amid recovery and was “highly encouraged” by the quarterback’s progress in rehab.
That said, Pederson noted at the time it was too soon to determine Wentz’s potential availability at the start of the season. It would appear that remains the case heading into camp this week.
The Eagles of course have arguably the best backup quarterback situation in the NFL with reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles on the depth chart. The team obviously can rely upon that luxury and not rush Wentz back too soon.